From crime scene to court.
The result of a police investigation is to the prosecution of the suspect for criminal offences. This is needed to be proven beyong reasonable doubt that the person committed the offence.
1. Following the interview with the suspect, police may choose to prosecute. Either by CIN, FCAN or arrest.
2. If the person pleads not guilty then the matter will be contested in Court.
3. OIC has to prepare a Brief of Evidence which the prosecution relies on to prove the allegation of stealing.
4. On the date of the hearing at Court the evidence which the prosecution is relying on will be given to the magistrate by witnesses, exhibits will be tendered to the Magistrate.
5. Once all the evidence has been presented & cross examined by the defence the Magistrate is required to determine if a prima facie case has been established.
6. If no prima facie case has been established the Magistrate will dismiss the charge.
7. If a prima facie case has been established the Magistrate will invite the defence to present evidence on behalf of the suspect.
8. The Magistrate then determines guilt or inncocence (The standard of proof required to convict a person for a criminal offence is beyond reasonable doubt)